Harbin Express

script for an unmade movie
Part of the Edition Voldemeer book series (VOLDEMEER)


Is it a screenplay of a yet to-be-made movie? Is it a text that has borrowed the scenario form? What made me start this writing exercise on two East Asian cities?


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